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Hanging on Thin Air

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Going on offshore travels has seemingly become the passion of Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno while he still holds the finance portfolio.

Everyone assumed that since Junior cancelled his attendance to the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) held in Dubai late last month, it would naturally follow that Diokno would no longer be leaving.

Apparently, this was not the case. Of course, I understand there was imprimatur from the Palace that shortly after the announcement, Diokno booked a commercial flight for Dubai to join the head of the Philippine delegation to COP28.


Prior to this trip, he practically went on a transatlantic tour with Manila as a pit stop. He was part of the Philippine delegation for Junior’s attendance to this year’s APEC Leaders Summit meeting in San Francisco. Before flying to the Bay Area, Diokno was in New York  and a few days before he was in Brussels.

While some cringe at the situation considering the presence of his reported replacement Deputy Speaker Ralph Recto there, Diokno described it as “an eventful week” in his post in the official website of the Department of Finance.

Despite his positive attitude, though others described his position as hanging on thin air, my fillers said it’s definitely a go for him.  

There’s one question that has to be answered when he finally bade goodbye: what will happen to University of the Philippines economic professor Renato Reside, who was invited by Diokno to join DOF, taking the place of likewise UP associate professor in economics Cielo Magno.


To recall, Magno hugged the limelight with her unceremonious departure as finance undersecretary for fiscal policy and monitoring group. Do we take it to mean that with Diokno out, Reside will also be going?

From what I've learned, Reside reported to the job even without securing his appointment papers.

With the merriment of the holiday season all around us, it’s pretty sure there’s a slight throbbing pain for both as they’re on the edge.

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